Agency steps in to resolve asylum seekers' hostel row
Published 01/06/2011 | 05:00
A government body, the Reception and Integration Agency, has stepped in to resolve a row between asylum seekers and management at a hostel.
The row erupted yesterday when up to 100 male asylum seekers protested outside the Great Western Hostel, close to Galway railway station.
The residents expressed their dissatisfaction with a range of issues, including accommodation, food and restrictions imposed on facilities within the hostel.
The asylum seekers said their action had been sparked by notices to quit allegedly sent by the agency.
The notices were apparently issued as a result of a number of residents not signing the hostel register. As a result, they were deemed to be absent and were directed to vacate their bed space.